Spectrecom staff actively participate in local volunteering; Spectrecom contributes one hour of staff time to match each volunteer’s own time given.
15% Discount to Charities
Spectrecom automatically offers 15% on all video campaigns for registered charities and trusts. In 2012-15, qualifying charities have included:
Our Social Responsibility
Spectrecom Supports Local Arts Charity
Spectrecom is proud to announce our support for Ovalhouse with a specific programme of filming events. The theatre combines social and artistic ideals aimed at creating a better society, and helps future stars make their first foray into acting careers. 007 actor Pierce Brosnan got his start at Ovalhouse and is now fronting the campaign to help the charity relocate to new, vastly improved premises in nearby Brixton. Spectrecom worked with Pierce to film his appeal for support.
Spectrecom hosts Brunel University visit
Dating back to the 2012 London Games Spectrecom has been working with Brunel University to help promote their sports programmes. But this month it was the Brunel film students who were most interested in our work; we hosted a visit of 45 first year students. The students were taken on a tour of all 3 studios, saw work in production, and met 4 members of staff working across different creative disciplines. “The students got a huge amount out of their time at the studios and there was a real buzz amongst the cohort about the visit.” Dr Caroline Ruddell, Lecturer in Film and TV Studies.
Cycle to Work Scheme
Two of our Director / Camera Operators, Chris Karageorgiou and Matt O’Brien, have taken delivery of their new bicycles through the UK’s Cycle to Work scheme. The scheme is aimed at promoting health and fitness whilst reducing carbon emissions and Spectrecom has helped to fund 8 new bicycles over the last few years.
Andrew Greener is the latest member of staff to actively participate in volunteering for a charitable cause. He undertook a week-long sailing trip helping disabled people to sample life at sea through the Gwenilli Trust (www.gwennili.org.uk). Spectrecom contributes one hour of staff time to match each volunteer’s own time given.
Photo: Wendy Baker
Film Screening at Windsor Castle
Spectrecom produced a new film for Tusk Trust to mark the 25th anniversary of the charity. The film was screened at a Gala Dinner in St George’s Hall, Windsor Castle, on 22nd May which helped to raise over £1M in sponsorship and pledged donations.
Charity Account Manager Appointed
Spectrecom has appointed Dulcie Norris in the role of Account Manager for Charities. Dulcie has worked in fundraising and marketing roles for charities, and most recently she worked at Fujitsu UK overseeing the corporate giving strategy. Beyond servicing our charity clients, Dulcie will also be taking responsibility for Spectrecom’s own corporate responsibility programme.
LED Lighting Reduces Carbon Footprint
After 5 (cramped!) months following the move from Waterloo last November, Spectrecom has now taken over the entire studio building in the new premises at Kennington. The first phase of development includes the introduction of LED lighting and motion activation sensors throughout the building. The investment in LED lighting (9W) replaces tungsten lighting (60W) on the ground floor and fluorescent tube lighting (30W) on the upper floors. Spectrecom will publish the energy reduction figures when the work is completed (expected Nov’15).
Tusk Awards 2014
Spectrecom produced four short films for the 2014 Tusk Awards profiling each of the winners and nominees. These films focus on the three nominees for the Tusk Conservation Award sponsored by Land Rover, given each year to an emerging leader in their field whose work is judged to have already made a significant impact.
Watch one of the films below which is centred on Richard Bonham, the recipient of Tusk’s lifetime achievement award – The Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa sponsored by Investec Asset Management.
Spectrecom wins two Evcom Clarion Awards
Now in its 11th year the EVCOM Clarion Awards are the leading awards for recognising best practice in communicating the importance of CSR, diversity, community development, ethical, health, education and welfare issues in the public, charity, social enterprise and corporate sectors. Spectrecom won in both of the categories entered: Innovation Award – a film for Marie Curie Cancer Care that offers advice and top tips for the Great Daffodil Appeal. Strategic Communications – a film for Macmillan Cancer Support aimed at recognising the work of carers looking after cancer patients.
World’s Biggest Coffee Morning
Spectrecom supports Macmillan Cancer Support’s fundraising coffee morning with a bake off in Studio 4. Sixteen members of staff produced an array of savouries, cakes, buns and cookies to raise over £134.45 for the charity.
January for 2 weeks: Will Butters and Roma Nesi Pio
February for 2 weeks: Kseniia Kalenik, Bently Cresswell and Ellis Hollinshead
March for 2 weeks: Paige Brookes
January for 2 weeks: Sonja Madani
January for 2 weeks: Hanz McDonald, resulting in permanent employment contract as a Development Researcher in the Spectrecom TV department, starting February 2015.
January to February for 2 weeks: David Blandy
February for 3 weeks: Salome Williams
February for 2 weeks: Luke Tucker, resulting in permanent employment as Film Assistant starting in June 2015
February for 2 weeks: Kate Bromley, resulting in permanent employment contract as Production Assistant starting in February 2015
April for 2 weeks: Helen Jones
May/June for 2 weeks: Jamie-Lee Carr, studying Media Production: TV and Radio at Sunderland University. Resulted in permanent employment as Studio Assistant.
June for 2 weeks: Edward Harris and Ryan Smith
August for 2 weeks: Justyna Gosch, Jaz Blair-Edmund, Tom Burlinson, Emma Duncan, Isobel Smith and Nika Podgorska
September for 2 weeks: Teodor Dokov. Yasmin Goodwin, who resulted in permanent employment contract as Production Assistant starting in October 2015.
October for 2 weeks: Joshua Danzig, Katie Rodgers, Laurine Barbier, Dian Qi, Rheya Brigden
November for 2 weeks: Emily Eyre, Sam Hoggarth, and Guy Francis. Guy’s placement resulted in permanent employment contract as Film Assistant starting in December 2015.
December for 2 weeks: Marina Oftedal